White Marble is an Enduring Asset to the Home

white marbleMarble is the result of the metamorphosis of sedimentary rock, usually limestone. The process causes the original mineral grains to recrystallize and the resulting rock, marble, is characterized by swirls and veins of colour.
Perhaps the most highly prized colour of marble is white, and there are a variety of sources for it, including:
  • Carrara. Arguably the most famous of all marble, it is quarried in Tuscany, Italy. Carrara marble is typically white or blue-grey. Michelangelo used Carrara marble in his carving ‘David'.
  • Georgia marble is from Pickens County. The region produces a wide variety of colours of high quality, including white sanctuary marble.
  • Parian marble from the Greek island of Paros, in the Aegean Sea, was highly prized by the Greeks for sculpting. Its quarries were active from the 6th century onwards, and the colour is a translucent pure white.
  • Vermont Marble is quarried in several locations around the town of Proctor. The white marble has long been prized by architects and the town itself boasts both a marble museum and marble sidewalks.
A stone with many uses
White marble is translucent, almost milky, and soft looking. That quality of waxiness, coupled with its resistance to shattering, makes it preferred by sculptors. The white stone is also popular for ornamentation in building interiors, and graces cathedrals and great public buildings.
However, marble comes in many other colours as well, and is increasingly used in home décor. Its durability and resilience is a large factor in that popularity. Couple that with its ease of polishing, and its coolness in hot months, and you have the perfect stone for flooring. As a countertop, marble's merits include its polish, which renders it bacteria-resistant. Every piece of marble is unique and creates an aura of originality. In addition, it conveys an element of prestige that is not surprising, given its pedigree in sculptures and notable buildings.
The cost consideration
Marble does cost more than other materials used in flooring and counters. This drawback is countered by its positive effect on a home's resale value. Marble suggest wealth and prestige and its durability means that the investment will not diminish with time or use. It is useful, however, to consider carefully where the marble is to be located. Although it has health advantages as a countertop, and a coolness that is ideal for rolling dough, marble can also nick and scratch. A cutting board is essential. As flooring, its chief drawback is that the polished stone is very slippery when wet. That's a consideration for any area with water or moisture, bathrooms in particular. The stone can be honed to aid traction. In addition, do-it-yourselfers may meet their Waterloo should they try installing marble themselves. It is heavy, cumbersome, and when it used in the form of tiles, it is exceptionally difficult to match its striations in a pleasing way.
A good dealer can make the purchase and installation of marble easy. There are many companies that deal with flooring and counters. However, remember, marble is not just any stone, and stone is not just any flooring. It's essential to find a specialist.